|The location where the Aqaba Pledge took place and the Aqaba Mosque and Ummu Ammarah RA is one of the two female Ansari.|
Ummu Ammaarah (RA) – The Lioness Of Uhud
UMMU AMMARAH RA - THE LIONESS OF UHUD
Ummu Ammarah RA is one of those Ansar women who accepted Islam in the very beginning. She was among the group that pledged loyalty to Nabi SAW at Al-Aqabah. Al- Aqabah in Arabic means a narrow mountain road. In the early days of Islam, the new Muslims were ill-treated by the Quraish very badly. They would put all sorts of difficulties in the way of Tabligh. Therefore, Nabi SAW carried on his work quietly and secretly. People from Madinah Munawwarah who used to come to Makkah Mukarramah for Hajj usually accepted Islam secretly in a mountain road near Mina, so that the Quraish might not see them.
Ummu Ammarah RA was in the third such group from Madinah Munawwarah. She joined most of the battles that were fought after Hijrah (migration). She took an important part in Uhud, Hudaibiyah, Khaibar, Umratul Qadha, Hunain and Yamamah. In the battle of Uhud, she was forty-three years old. Her husband and two sons were also fighting in this battle. She took a leather bottle full of water and headed for Uhud to help the wounded and the thirsty. In the beginning, the Muslims were winning, but things changed in a moment and the enemies were in a winning position. She had reached Nabi SAW, when wave after wave of enemy troops rushed to attack and kill him. She protected Nabi SAW whenever anybody approached him. She had a cloth-belt round her waist, full of pieces of cloth, with which she cared for the wounded. She herself got about twelve wounds, one of which was very serious.
Ummu Sa'eed RA says: "I once saw a very deep cut on the shoulder of Ummu Ammarah RA. I asked her how she had got that. She said, 'I got it in Uhud. When people were running about in confusion, I saw Ibn Qumiah coming towards us and shouting, 'Where is Muhammad !. Let somebody tell me about his whereabouts. If he is saved today, I am no more.' I, Mus'ab bin Umair and some others stopped him. He gave me this deep cut on my shoulder. I also attacked him, but he escaped because of the double coat of armour that he was wearing."
After a year's treatment, the wound would not heal. In the meantime, Nabi SAW decided to go to Hamra-ul-Asad. Ummu Ammarah RA also got ready but she could not join as her wound had still not healed. When Nabi SAW returned from this battle, he at once went to visit Ummu Ammarah RA. He was very happy to find her better. She says: "We were greatly disadvantaged in Uhud. The enemies were on horseback, while we fought on foot. There would have been a fair fight if they too had been on foot. When somebody had came riding on his horse to attack me, I stopped his sword with my shield and when he turned about;
I attacked his horse from the back and cut its leg. This caused the horse as well as the rider to fall on the ground. As soon as this happened, Nabi SAW would shout to my son, who would run to my help and then we both finished the man in no time." Her son Abdullah bin Zaid RA says: "I had a wound on my left arm, which would not stop bleeding. Nabi SAW said to my mother, 'Put a bandage over it.' My mother took out a bandage from her belt and after bandaging my wound, said, 'Now, son! Go and fight again with the idolaters.' Nabi SAW was watching us. He said, 'O, Ummu Ammarah RA, who can have courage like yours?"
At that time, Nabi SAW prayed again and again for Ummu Ammarah RA and her family. Ummu Ammarah RA said, "I was standing with Nabi SAW when one of the enemies passed by in front of me. Nabi SAW said to me, 'UmmU Ammarah! He is the man who wounded your son.' I jumped at him and hit his leg. This caused him to fall down.
We then went forward and finished him. Nabi SAW smiled and said, 'Ummu Ammarah RA has taken revenge for her son,' When Nabi SAW was praying for us, I said to him, 'O, Nabi of Allah! Pray that I may join you in Jannat.' He made this prayer too. After this I cared very little for any difficulty that came to me in this life."
As has already been said, she also joined many other battles with the same keenness and courage. After the demised of Nabi SAW , she took part in the fierce battle of Yamamah, which was fought with the rebels. She lost one of her arms and received eleven other wounds in this battle. She was forty-three in Uhud and fifty-two in Yamamah. Her great courage in these battles at that age was really amazing.